Too soon to say when Article 50 will be triggered: UK defence minister

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on July 18, it was too early to say when Britain would trigger Article 50.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on July 18, it was too early to say when Britain would trigger Article 50. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Monday (July 18) it was too early to say when Britain would trigger Article 50, the formal means of leaving the European Union, and how long it would take to develop its strategy for the divorce talks.

"It's too soon to set out an exact timetable," Fallon told BBC radio. "The new government was only formed ... last Wednesday and Thursday. A negotiating strategy is now being prepared and once that is finalised you will see the formal process begin to start."